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Bill O’Reilly slams Fox News for doing ‘a disservice to the American people’

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has slammed his former network, saying “propagandists” ruined the show.

During his webcast, O’Reilly praised Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin for her courage in going against the grain, but generally condemned her former employer, saying it was “a totally different operation now”.

O’Reilly began praising Griffin for his tenacity to correct other Fox hosts and guests over comments they made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Griffin has been constantly at the Pentagon in recent weeks, providing the majority of Fox News broadcasts with updates on the conflicts in Europe.

O’Reilly played a clip of Griffin responding to remarks by Fox News guest Douglas Macgregor, who spoke about the West and NATO vilifying President Vladimir Putin. Griffin immediately said she felt like she had to correct all the “distortions” shared by Macgregor.

O’Reilly gave Griffin “kudos” for correcting the information.

“Now the reason I’m releasing this clip is – not just to show you how brave she is – is that before the propagandists were slapped hard and now they aren’t,” O’ said. Reilly.

He went on to say that not only Fox, but all the TV news stations are spouting propaganda and the networks are allowing it to happen.

“Not just on Fox, but on every TV news program,” O’Reilly said. “I turn on the TV, it doesn’t matter if it’s network morning shows, late night comedians, cable news at all levels – two on the left, one on the right – the propaganda is just spit out there and the people running the shows are just sitting there, like that,” Reilly said, gesturing like a bobblehead.

Bill O’Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Influential People in Media Awards of 2016.
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O’Reilly went on to say that Macgregor’s interview was “a pile of garbage”. But he blamed Fox, asking why the interview was allowed to air in the first place. He said that would never have happened on his show.

“You can not do that !” said O’Reilly. “It’s a disservice to the American people. You have to know enough about the subject that concerns you as a presenter or host, that if someone says something propagandistic, you challenge. And that’s what Jennifer Griffin.

He concluded by saying that today’s hosts and anchors are “too afraid” to call out guests on inaccuracies because the networks are afraid of controversy.

“Why are you wasting your time watching this stuff?” he asked the audience. “I watch over you.”

Fox News forced O’Reilly out after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him emerged and an internal investigation turned up even more.

Newsweek contacted Fox News and O’Reilly for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.


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